Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ARC ReView of THE HOUSE GIRL by Tara Conklin

       Historical Fiction -  336 pages
William Morrow Publications (first published in 2013)

I was really excited about this book to come out.  Eight days after it has been published and I have finally been able to get through it.  I have to say I went through a few first impressions.  At first, I was really impressed.  I like the way it began and unfolded with two stories in parallel.  Then as I read more I felt stuck in two different worlds.  Then I was continued further on, it got better and I could see the 'convenient coincidences.'  AND THEN I was still disapointed somehow....


 I wish I could write a thorough review of this book, like I normally do of most of my books.  I have so many mixed feelings about this book.  While it's a really clever concept, and the cover definitely grabbed my attention, there was a personal intimacy that the book was missing....

I feel it was intelligently accomplished, yet I believe it lacked an more personal tone that was necessary to portray some of the slave stories.  Maybe it's just me.  Then again, I have a pretty keen instinct when it comes to books.  I really believe it just felt short a little bit for me.

Neverthless, I still recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction.  To anyone who enjoys parallel stories of the past and modern world.  And basically to anyone who has experienced looking back to the past to uncover details of their present life.... Maybe I'll come back to this one in the future... 





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